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The American people are tired of being cooped up at home, and even more tired of having not only their livelihoods taken away from them, bu their very lifestyles.

Some areas of the country are beginning to slowly reopen after being locked down for nearly two months, thanks to a virus that appears to have originated in Wuhan, China. But there are still many businesses that have yet to be given a green light for any type of activity.

In the past week, restaurants and retail stores in Florida were permitted to open with restrictions, and hair salons and barbershops were added to the list. But gyms weren’t included, as health conscience Floridians have been left to their own devices to stay in shape.

A group of fed-up residents killed two birds with one stone when they turned out at a  Clearwater courthouse to call for gyms to reopen, expressing their disdain with the shutdown orders by doing push ups.

Turning a negative into a positive, a group of about 30 fit protesters not only did push ups, but worked in squats and other means of exercising on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse.

There were few masks seen among the protesters, though several American flags were spotted. There also wasn’t much social distancing going on.

It’s becoming more and more clear that rational Americans are ready to “adult” their way through the COVID-19 outbreak, understanding what the risks are and how they are expected to modify their behavior.

And the consequences should they choose not to adhere to these guidelines.

At the direction of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida is in Phase One of its efforts to reopen its economy.

It’s not clear when Phase Two will begin, but that will be when gyms can open their doors.

Bars, pubs and nightclubs will be allowed to open in Phase Two, but will have to limit capacity at 50%, WFLA News reported. Gyms and fitness centers can also open back up, but will have to limit capacity at 75%.

They will also have to adhere to strict protocols when it comes to social distancing and sanitation, the NBC affiliate reported.

One thing that seems certain here is that there’s a lot of envy from those who’ve likely never seen the inside of a gym to know all that’s available to those who choose to work out.

Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison

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